st. alban roe parish

Local marches in solidarity with March for Life show strong pro-life witness

SATURDAY, JAN. 20, 2018 - A group participated Saturday in a March for Life and Rally hosted by the Middle School Ministry at St. Alban Roe Catholic School. The crowd marched from the school to Wildwood City Hall for a rally attended by Mayor Jim Bowlin. ©Photo by Jerry Naunheim Jr.

For about a half-hour on either side of noon Jan. 20, students and parishioners from St. Alban Roe Parish and School bore powerful witness to the pro-life movement.

About 200 people — 30 students in the middle-school youth ministry joined by roughly 170 parishioners of all ages, from babies to seniors — marched on the bike path along Highways 109 and 100, chanting, singing and carrying signs.

In God's Hands: Always a way to help the needy

Walter Roddy, right, a parishioner at St. Alban Roe, has been working with the aid of his fellow parishioners to help the poor and needy in north St. Louis County. He helped Shirley Gorka, center, and her daughter, Angie Gorka, who have been living in a house with a broken sewer that backed up in their basement. Roddy and plumber Gloria Gooden helped to clear nearly two-feet-deep muck from the basement and put in a new drain pipe to the main.

As Easter and the celebration of Jesus Christ's resurrection approached, Walter Roddy of St. Alban Roe Parish thought he might scale back on his charitable pursuits for the time being.

Holy Week had been busy, busy, with home visits, baby-shopping trips and apartment hunting as well as the delivery of Easter baskets for needy children. He mixed in these visits to Jerusalem and the Sea of Galilee -- his names for area's north and south of Highway 40, respectively -- with his day job as a financial planner in Chesterfield.

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